Our History

Shanahan Transportation Systems, Inc. was founded in 1988 by Robert E. Shanahan (1932-2016).  Mr. Shanahan worked in the transportation and logistics industry since he graduated high school in 1950, working for the Katy Railroad.  Bob then served our country in the U.S. Army logistics core during the Korean War.  Following his return home, he started working for Western Freight Consolidators, and then Cooper-Jarrett Freightways as a sales representative and Terminal Manager, then with Quinn Freight Lines as a sales manager.  Bob joined a local brokerage firm in 1980, and in 1989 he founded Shanahan Transportation Systems, Inc. with his son Tom.

Since then, we have held firm to our commitment to our customers and carrier partners to build long term relationships – some are still going strong today.  We never forget that our company is built on service to our customers.  Today we boast one the most experienced sales and operational personnel in the industry.  Our people are what set us apart, former traffic managers, directors, and operations staff with more than 100 years combined experience in the logistics industry.

In 2007, we became the founding agent for 1st Priority Services (later re-branded DLS Worldwide), a subsidiary of RR Donnelley & Sons, one of the largest printing and creative media companies in the world.  DLS was created as an agent network leveraging the massive freight volumes from all RRD companies to benefit smaller customers providing them with leading technology and systems.  Today, DLS Worldwide has more than 120 agents across North America with revenues in excess of $600M!

With customers based here in Pittsburgh, and around the globe, in industries ranging from printing and manufacturing, to chemicals metal alloys and food products, Shanahan Transportation Systems has the experience and solutions to meet most any need.

Christmas 2019

Our Staff

Tom Shanahan, President & CEO
Bill Reid, EVP/COO

Business Development Team
Al Shonesky, Vice President of Business Development
Melissa Frye, Director of Sales
Dave Bickel, Regional Account Manager
Todd Ritchey, Regional Account Manager
Dave Snyder

Administrative Staff
Tracy Stiefvater, AP/AR/Billing
Stephanie Ruffner, Office Manager
Eric Burkamp,
Technology, Integrations & Training Specialist

Eric StewartDirector of Operations

LTL/Expedited Operations
Phil Rudolph
Dave Altares
Anthony Samarco
Domenic Cervone
Tracey Williams

Truckl
oad Operations
Account Management
Luke Raker, Lead
Jeff Slivka
Brian Johnston
Joe Cenname
Mike Falbo

Carrier Sales
Steve Thompson, Director of Carrier Operations
Scott Wolf, Lead
Russ Elzer
Dustin Miller
Chris Williams

Denny Brown
Justin Hoffman
Alex Butelli

Specialized Services (Flatbed, Heavy Haul)

Don Cox, Vice President, Specialized Services
Donovan Thompson

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